PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea got out of the office and into a patrol car Wednesday morning and helped make an arrest.
According to police, two officers tried to stop the driver of a Suburban near SW 3rd Avenue and Washington St. for traffic violations. The driver, 29-year-old Frederic Dekraker, did not stop, but because of the number of cars, bicycles and pedestrians in the area, the officers didn’t chase the SUV.
About three hours later, Chief O’Dea and Assistant Chief Bob Day were in a car stopped at SW Jefferson and Broadway when they saw the same SUV blow through the intersection and nearly hit several construction workers. He did hit several traffic cones, sending them flying, but the workers weren’t hurt.
The Chiefs tried to pull the vehicle over but the driver did not stop, leading them on a slow-speed chase. Dekraker did stop at red lights and never broke the speed limit, but he didn’t yield to police until several blocks later when he got out of the SUV and laid on the ground. Dekraker then got back into the SUV and drove to the VA Hospital, where he was taken into custody.